Summer club putting in the miles

The Columbia Summer Running Club was formed this year by Immaculate Conception School cross country coach Mike Braun.ย 

About 30 kids from the Columbia area are staying active with the newly formed Columbia Summer Running Club.  

Local youngsters run various distances based on their age, ability and weather. 

Each session includes a warm-up, one or two running activities, a game, and stretching.

This is the first year for the program, which is led by Immaculate Conception School cross country coach Michael Braun.

An avid runner himself, Braun said the objectives of this club are to create a safe and fun environment that excites the kids about running.

โ€œIt is difficult for these kids to get up early in the morning during the summer, but running is a sport that rewards consistency,โ€ Braun said. โ€œSome days the kids do not even realize they are running because they are engaged in the activity, such as a photo scavenger hunt or a search to be first to find their hidden rubber ducky.โ€

Braun oftentimes brings summertime treats to finish off the session. One favorite activity of the club is a water fight โ€“ which ultimately turns into spraying the coach with a water gun after he makes them run hill repeats.

The runners are all working toward earning their โ€œ100-Mile Summerโ€ T-shirts. 

Once a runner reaches 100 miles for the summer, they receive a T-shirt they can proudly wear. 

โ€œSome of the runners are already getting close to the 100-mile goal,โ€ Braun said.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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